My Bloody Valentine

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My Bloody Valentine
Background information
Origin Dublin, Ireland
Years active 1983-1997; 2007-present
  • Tycoon
  • Fever
  • Kaleidoscope Sound
  • Lazy
  • Creation Records
  • Sire Records
  • Island Records
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • mbv
  • Kevin Shields
  • Colm Ó Cíosóig
  • Debbie Googe
  • Bilinda Butcher
Past members
  • Joe Byfield
  • David Conway
  • Tina Durkin
  • Stephen Ivers
  • Paul Murtagh
  • Mark Ross
  • My Bloody Valentine are an Irish rock band formed in Dublin in 1983. Since 1987, the band's lineup has consisted of founding members Kevin Shields (vocals, guitar) and Colm Ó Cíosóig (drums), with Bilinda Butcher (vocals, guitar) and Debbie Googe (bass). Their music, best known for its integration of dissonant guitar textures with ethereal melody, unorthodox production techniques, and androgynous vocals, helped to pioneer the genre known as shoegaze during the late 1980s and early 1990s.

    Following several unsuccessful early releases and membership changes, My Bloody Valentine signed to Creation Records in 1988. The band released a number of successful EPs, including You Made Me Realise (1988), Glider (1990) and Tremolo (1991), and two studio albums, Isn't Anything (1988) and Loveless (1991) on the label. Loveless, which has been described as the band's magnum opus and one of the best albums of the 1990s, was a major critical success. However, the band were dropped by Creation Records after its release due to the album's extensive production costs. In 1992, My Bloody Valentine signed to Island Records and recorded several albums worth of unreleased material, remaining largely inactive. Following the departure of Googe and Ó Cíosóig in 1995, My Bloody Valentine later disbanded in 1997.

    In 2007, Shields announced My Bloody Valentine had reformed and the band subsequently toured across Europe, Asia and North America. Following reissues of both Isn't Anything and Loveless, and the release of the compilation album EP's 1988–1991 (2012), My Bloody Valentine's long-delayed third studio album, m b v, was released on 2 February 2013, 22 years after the release of their last full-length album.

    Involvement with Mark Eitzel

    Eitzel wrote and contributed spoken word vocals in a collaboration with My Bloody Valentine, entitled "Incidental One", for the 1996 Offbeat: A Red Hot Sound Trip compilation.